1. Chrissy Amphlett’s 'I Touch Myself' Breast Cancer Campaign Wins U.S. Prize

    October 02, 2014 12:55 AM EDT A breast cancer awareness campaign featuring the late Chrissy Amphlett’s  “I Touch Myself” performed by an all-star Aussie cast has won a major U.S award. The #itouchmyselfproject , commissioned by Cancer Council NSW and created by Soap Creative, has taken out the Gold Award for Public…

  2. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  3. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  4. Tove Lo Live in New York: Watch the Exclusive Concert Tonight at 10PM ET

    October 01, 2014 6:30 PM EDT On this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart , Tove Lo ’s intoxicating single "Habits (Stay High)" moves into the top 10 in the same week that her debut album, Queen of the Clouds , is released. To celebrate her rush of U.S. success, the Swedish singer-songwriter will take the stage at…

  5. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  6. Neil Diamond Signs with WME

    October 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency for his representation worldwide, it was announced today. It is the first time the singer has been with an agency in 30 years. Diamond's management remains with Katie McNeil Diamond, his wife. “We are incredibly honored to…

  7. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  8. Glen Campbell Sued Over Upcoming 'I'll Be Me' Documentary

    September 30, 2014 9:47 PM EDT The country singer is alleged to have cut a production company out of his work with director James Keach. Glen Campbell battled Alzheimer's Disease throughout the tour filmed in the upcoming documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me . Now he's facing a legal battle over its…

  9. 'American Idol' Alum Didi Benami on Mining Heartbreak for Songwriting Gold

    September 30, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Listen to the season-nine finalist's new song 'Lost at Sea.' American Idol season-nine alum Didi Benami is about to release her proper debut album, Reverie -- the result of a successful PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign (with proceeds earmarked for Brandon McMillan’s Argus…

  10. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  11. Alabama Talk 'Angels Among Us,' Devastating Tornadoes & Church Classics

    September 29, 2014 9:52 PM EDT One of the most powerful tracks on Alabama 's new Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition is the moving "Raising Alabama," a song that lead singer Randy Owen is one of their most personal. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute "…

  12. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  13. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Echosmith's 'Cool' Climbs, Jason Derulo Hits Top 40

    September 27, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The family band's debut single rises, while Derulo's 'Trumpets' sounds a new high note. Plus, moves for Maroon 5, Childish Gambino and the Script. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All About That…

  14. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Sept. 16, and sellout crowds…

  15. Exclusive: Listen to YACHT's New Single 'Works Like Magic'

    September 26, 2014 12:15 PM EDT What's that song from that commercial? L.A.-based "conceptual pop" group  YACHT  is releasing their new EP,  Where Does This Disco?  on Nov. 11, and their song "Works Like Magic" -- which just started airing in an international Google Chromecast commercial -- is…

  16. Forever Young: Top 21 Songs By Under-21 Musicians (From the Last 21 Years)

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Pop isn’t necessarily a young person’s game. Singing, rapping, songwriting, melting minds with various instruments: These are skills that improve with time, and plenty of veteran artists produce music that resonates with fans of all ages -- even fickle teens that are generally suspicious of…

  17. Weezer Announce Fall Tour Dates, Hitting Northeast and Southwest U.S.

    September 23, 2014 9:22 PM EDT In advance of Weezer 's return-to-peak-power-pop-form Everything Will Be Alright in the End , which will see release Oct. 7 , the SoCal quartet has announced American fall tour dates, including a string of dates where the band will perform its new album in full.  Weezer Talks New Music…

  18. David Frizzell on His Star-Studded Buddy Holly Covers Album 'Remember Me'

    September 22, 2014 6:17 PM EDT David Frizzell has a lot of memories about the music of Buddy Holly. "When I was first starting out in the business working for Lefty opening his shows, I was singing Buddy Holly songs," he recalls of his older brother. Now, David Frizzell has taken many of those songs and…

  19. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  20. Iggy Azalea at iHeartRadio Fest: 'I'm Glad You're All Talking About' the 'Booty' Video

    September 21, 2014 7:07 PM EDT Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez 's new video for ' Booty ' is a popular topic of conversation at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas.  "I'm glad you're all talking about it," Iggy tells Billboard backstage at the fest, noting that she even hear…

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